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Feb 2, 2008, 04:42 AM
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Post date : Feb 2, 2008, 04:42 AM
I woke up this morning...
Stop that; been there, done that.
No I woke up this morning. It was Saturday.
Great. No need to think about tax today.
Turn on Radio 4 while I have a nice relaxing shave.
Ah, it's Saturday Live: 'Real life stories in which listeners talk about the issues that matter to them. Presenter Fi Glover is joined by author, broadcaster and historian Adam Hart-Davis'.
Hart-Davis, now where have I heard that name befoe. Oh, no!
Saturday Live has introduced a section where guests can make an on air apology.
Last week Joan Bakewell apologised to an old school friend for pushing her over (just for the avoidance of police charges for actual bodily harm, this was when they were kids, not last week; although now I think of it, what does last week's decision on limitation periods mean here?) and breaking her ankle.
Anyway, get back on track.
Adam 'Tax doesn't have to be taxing' Hart-Davis's apology should be good, I thought to myself.
Did he feel in any way guilty or apologetic about the failure of HMRC's online filing service?
No. He feels guilty about a schoolteacher who used to recite a favourite poem about a hippopotamus.
Unfortunately for the teacher, Mr Mayer, who presumably hoped that the recitation would inspire a love of the English language, the main consequence was that Adam and his schoolmates called the teacher HippoMayer.
Another missed public relations opportunity for HMRC, then.

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